Beloved family support worker bids a fond farewell

Written by on November 1, 2017 in Seattle Housing Authority, Uncategorized - Comments Off

After 32 years, Neighborhood House’s Annie Edwards retires

By Nancy Gardner

The Voice editor

Annie Edwards, family support worker, has worked for Neighborhood House longer than many of its staff have been alive. Come mid-November, however, that will change as she’ll be retiring just as she turns 78 years old.

Annie Edwards

Annie Edwards

As a family support worker, Edwards assists families who are experiencing short or long term problems by offering practical help and emotional support.

When asked why she ‘s still working many years past the typical retirement age, she said she just enjoys what she does.

“I’ve stuck around because of the love for helping seniors remain independent and living in their own environment. Seniors stay mentally and socially healthy longer than if they enter into a nursing facility.”

Over the years her position has evolved. Her primary focus initially was on assisting clients older than 55, and then she began helping disabled adults. For the past decade or so, she’s tended to families through a contract with the Renton Housing Authority.

LaBarbara Brooks, receptionist at Neighborhood House, describes her colleague and friend of 25 years as considerate, compassionate, hard working and a great cook.

A native of Texas, Edwards grew up in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, and arrived in Seattle in 1957 as a teenager. And while she plans on volunteering for Seattle Parks and Recreation after retiring, she’s also looking forward to spending more time with her 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

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